The National Marine Sanctuary Program regards the involvement of communities and the development of a stewardship ethic as vitally important to successfully protect Sanctuary resources. One key way to achieve this involvement is the formation of Sanctuary Advisory Councils (SACs). Most sanctuaries have established SACs to assure continued public participation in the management of the Sanctuary. Their main purpose is to provide the Sanctuary Manager (or Superintendent) and NOAA with advice and recommendations on issues affecting the sanctuary.
Dedicated Council members have laid a strong foundation for the Sanctuary's structure policies, and procedures. Sanctuary goals to promote research, education and resource protection are a major focus for the Councils, and members work diligently to promote public stewardship. The Councils have proven to be a powerful voice for the general public, responding to citizen concerns, ideas and needs. The Councils provide a public forum for its constituents, work to enhance communications, and provide a conduit for bringing the concerns of user groups and stakeholders to the attention of Sanctuary managers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Cordell Bank NMS Sanctuary Advisory Council
the CBNMS website for meeting schedules and locations
the GFNMS website for meeting schedules and locations
Bay NMS Sanctuary Advisory Council
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